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Avery Aquatic Center Grand Opening Celebration
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/19/2001

April 18, 2001

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One of the finest outdoor swimming, diving and water polo facilities in the United States and perhaps the world will officially be unveiled on Saturday, May 19, 2001, when Stanford University presents an evening of exciting aquatic events.

An evening of exhibitions by the nationally-ranked Stanford's swimming and diving teams, synchronized swimming team, and an exhibition game between the Stanford men's water polo club team and the United States National Team will take place at the recently built and remodeled Avery Aquatic Center. The new Stanford aquatic complex can seat 2,500 spectators in an area designed to host all of Stanford's swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming events.

The gates will open at 6 p.m., with the first 1,000 fans receiving a free commemorative Nike water bottle. The evening's festivities will include recognition of many of Stanford Olympians, and an autograph session following the United States vs Stanford water polo match at 7 p.m. The Stanford club team will feature Tony Azevedo, a member of the 2000 United States Olympic Team (the only high school player on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team), Stanford All-American goalkeeper Nick Ellis, and several other Cardinal stars including Jeff Nesmith and Jaison Robinson (both are training with the U.S. National team). The Stanford club team will be led by veteran head coach Dante Dettamanti, who will be entering his 25th and final season in 2001 as water polo coach at Stanford.

The U.S. National Team will feature five players who competed on the Olympic team in Sydney. They include one of Stanford's all-time great players, two-time Olympian Wolf Wigo, two-time NCAA Player of the Year Sean Kern, and Brad Schumacher. The U.S. National team is coached by newly-appointed Ratko Rudic. After winning gold and silver medals as a member of the Yugoslavian Olympic team, Rudic coached his nation to Olympic titles in 1984 and 1988, edging the United States both times. After the 1988 Games, Rudic took the reins of the Italian National Team, bringing his golden touch to Italy in the 1992 Olympic Games.

Following the exhibition game against Stanford, the United States team will travel to Italy and Greece for various tournaments.

Adults will be admitted for $10, with student and senior prices at $6. For additional information, call 800-STANFORD.


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